1. Get RestThe easiest of morning sickness remedies is rest. Morning sickness often goes hand in hand with fatigue and many women report that the more tired they are, the worse their morning sickness is. Get to bed as early as you can and give in to your tiredness.
2. Take Vitamin B6 and B12Studies have shown that B6 can improve nausea and B12 can reduce the episodes of vomiting. Talk to your doctor before adding any vitamins to your daily routine. Many prenatals have the B vitamins built right in. If you are the forgetful type, your doctor may be able to provide you with a B12 shot.
3. Have Little Bites… OftenA mix of protein and complex carbs can keep you fueled, but the most important thing is that your stomach doesn’t become empty. I have had friends keep saltine crackers or almonds by their bedside, while others made a sandwich in the morning, set a timer and commit to having one bite every hour of the day. Keeping your stomach satiated can sometimes move severe morning sickness into the mild category. (For inspiration on eating healthy despite morning sickness, take a look at year-round recipe options).
4. The Right SmellsPregnant women are famous for being averse to certain smells, but it is just as important to figure out what smells make you feel better. Although a study found no improvement in nausea and vomiting upon smelling mint, some women like the soothing smell. Chamomile tea can also be helpful, as much to drink as to inhale.
5. No-Fail GingerGinger is seen as an effective herbal remedy for decreasing vomiting and nausea during pregnancy. There are so many ways to consume it, including making your own ginger ale, chewing on ginger chews or making a hot drink with ginger, mint and honey. As with any herbal remedy, you want to be careful not to have too much, which in ginger’s case, could result in diarrhea or heartburn. Best to keep it to 1 gram of ginger extract. Discuss any concerns or questions with your health care provider.
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